What is the purpose of “Natural Makeup”? Exactly, it is making your skin look smooth and flawless. So, if you have serious issues with your skin, they will make it difficult to achieve the “Natural Makeup” look. Finding the right skin care method to address your skin problems can be confusing, and it takes time to be certain the products “works” with your skin.
There are many skin care methods. Describing all of the skincare possibilities is not practical, so I guess the most efficient approach is to let you know what you SHOULD NOT do. The worst thing for your skin is going to sleep without removing your makeup.
The difference of “Cleansing” and “Foam”
Before I begin talking about removing makeup, I want to avoid miscommunication with the words “cleansing” and “face wash”. A few days ago, while I prepared this article, I found this search sentence: “suqqu reset cleansing cream vs defining foam review.” Maybe this person is looking for a review of comparing SUQQU Reset Cleansing Cream and SUQQU Reset Cleansing Foam. In Japan, there are lots of products that use the word “Cleansing”, which are often makeup removers, not face washes. Products with the word “Foam” things are often face washes. This can be extremely confusing. In Cherry’s Japanese Cosmetics stores, we explain whether products are makeup removers or face washes in the descriptions.
Do you need use makeup removers?
Anyway, back to the importance of removing your makeup. There are various types of makeup removers including gels, creams, oils, etc. If you do not wear much makeup, for example just some powder, simply washing your face with face wash may be all that you need. The choice is yours.
In my case, I have severe eye inflammation (conjunctivitis), which is better today but along with allergies, my eyes are sensitive year round. Also, because I sweat a lot, I hesitate to use eyeliners on the inner rim of my eyelids (water line). I must always use waterproof eyeliners. Luckily, I have think and rich eyelashes, but I still like using mascaras. I wear sunscreens during all seasons, and they are not always easy to remove by face wash only. As you can imagine, I need to use makeup removers.
As a honest reviewer…
I have personally tested a lot of makeup removing products. You may find them in “Cherry’s Product Review“. Yeah, I tested tons of makeup removers!
Basically, oils remove makeup the quickest and there are tons to try. Cream makeup removers the second best. Cleansing milks are good, but they do not remove all of your makeup as quickly or as easily as creams. There are so many interesting cleansing gels and liquids, some have cooling or warming effects. In my experience, gels and liquids just don’t remove waterproof products. Of course there are some exclusions, Shiseido White Lucent actually works better as a cleansing gel.
I really don’t use gel or liquid cleanser including milks anymore. Often I would have to use several cotton balls and apply a lot of pressure to remove makeup. Even then, some makeup remained. So, now I know that for me, both gels and liquids are not only waste of my money and time, but using them can hurt my skin. I need to scratch my skin by cotton. I do not buy those products for myself any more. You can see the pictures in the article in the tag of “makeup remover“.
So, in my opinion, if you want to remove your makeup quickly, use cleansing oils. They work fast and are easy to remove. This is my preference and recommendation. Are you worrying that your skin will be dry or become oily? To be honest, I have not had problems with cleansing oils making my skin drier or too oily. If you feel cleansing oils are making your skin too oily or too dry, please check the directions for proper use. Or…try cleansing creams.
Direction for proper Use of Oil Makeup Removers
THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil is the remover I am using right now. Please let me show you the way my favorite cleansing oil will remove makeup. This product removes my makeup so quickly. I love it.
Foundation: Albion Tight Film Foundation
Letters: Coffret D’or Super Sharp
Eyeliners: ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil (Moss Ball )& THREE Shadow Lining Eyeliner Pencil (Army Moonwalk)
These eyeliners are waterproof and the ones I typically wear. Trust me when I say they are hard to remove. I will explain the steps to take to use this cleansing oil and show each step on my arm.
1) Apply cleansing oils on your face.
In the photo, I have applied one drop on my arm. Then I added 2-3 more drops of oil. Usually, I don’t use cotton balls (buds, square, etc.) to remove the oil. Maybe because of the uniqueness of Japanese bath time, Japanese girls usually use makeup removers in the bathroom. (Not showering!) In hotels or so, I use this before showering. This article is not for talking about Japanese bath time, if you wondering about Japanese custom in bath time, please go google by yourself.
2) Spread oils on your face
Below you can see the where I have rubbed the oil across the cosmetics on my arm. Ughh, dirty!!!
3) Add water few by few.
In this photo, I used Avene Water (you can see the can on the right of this picture)
You can see a white part on my arm. When cleansing oil and water are rubbed together, they become white. This is called “emulsifying”. This is the most important part of using cleansing oils. Moving slowly, with a few drops of water at a time, massage the oil and water until all of the oil has emulsified. This is how the oils work to remove all of your makeup. Now, using lukewarm water, rinse away all of the cleansing oil.
4) Use your face wash, not pretty much.
Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils do not require that you use face wash after their cleansing oils. For me, I still like to use a face wash to remove any residue left on my skin. When you follow up with a face wash, you will not need to use very much. Always use gentle products to protect your skin. I will tell you about face washes in the next installment.
Please remember I need special makeup removers, because I use waterproof items. If you use only powders, I you may be able to use a face wash instead of special makeup removers. When I do not use waterproof items, I use face washes only.
If you want to use cleansing oils that can be used with wet hands, I believe Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil is the best. Some products require that you start with dry hands. For example, THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil is what I am using when I am writing this article and you do not begin with damp skin.
If you are looking for cleansing creams, I think SUQQU Reset Cleansing Cream is a nice product. I suggest that you remove these products with cottons and then use a face wash. But do not scratch.
Do you prefer gels? Hmm…Shiseido White Lucent is really good. If you are interested in purchasing it, please ask us. We will do the custom order. My guess is that most of the readers can obtain this product in your country. Due to shipping costs, it might be cheaper to order in country. If you cannot purchase this in your home country, just let us know.